Foundation Pathway

Our intention is for all students to access an exciting and empowering school curriculum at Westhoughton High School and we recognise that some students need additional support in order to reach their personal best. As a school, we invest heavily in a curriculum and a staff who tailor teaching to meet the needs of students, to ensure that all students are known, are planned for within lessons and cared for – to us, this is the best way to ensure an equitable experience of high school. For our students who enter Westhoughton High School with English and Maths skills significantly below the expected, age-related standard from KS2, we offer a personalised curriculum consisting of a smaller class setting within core subjects alongside additional literacy and numeracy lessons within the school timetable with skilled subject specialists. This group forms our S Pathway, and this is something that we offer from KS3 into KS4, with the ability of students to access when needed, or for this to remain a constant if the students’ needs are best met via this additional support. Within an ambitious curriculum for all learners, we aim to ensure our students’ learning experience is as experiential as possible with project-based learning opportunities formed within our S Pathway, alongside ensuring the curriculum is knowledge-rich and enjoyed by all.

For our students at KS4, for whom selecting a full suite of Core GCSE examinations alongside three additional option subjects is overwhelming for their age-related standard, we offer a Foundation Pathway route as part of their option subjects. Any student for whom we feel this would benefit for reaching their personal best, we ensure regular contact through our SENDCo and SEND Team within KS3. Within the Foundation Pathway at KS4, we operate a smaller group setting to ensure intervention and additional opportunities cater around our students’ needs with opportunities to work alongside our Learning Centre team to secure additional qualifications such as the ELC English and Maths as well as ASDAN activities, or through working within mentoring programmes within our Behaviour Support Team to focus on personal target setting with key adults to enable our students to reach their personal best.

Within the Foundation Pathways, students gain additional qualifications through the following:

Entry Level Certificates (ELCs) are a nationally recognised qualification that gives students the opportunity to achieve a certificated award

ELC English exam board – Eduqas: 60% of the certification is attained through 4 x 30-minute tests – these are called ‘topic tests’ completed within the Learning Centre, supervised by staff. These are marked by the school and moderated by the exam board. 25% of the course is comprised of a 1 hour written examination assessing both reading and writing skills as an end point to ensure the accumulated skills have been embedded by students. 15% of the course is gained through practical assessments through presentation and communication.

ELC Maths exam board – AQA: The Maths ELC provides basic and relevant numeracy skills and is suitable for students of all ages. The specification is co-teachable with the GCSE Maths curriculum, to suit students who are studying both qualifications. The Maths ELC aims to build students’ confidence in maths, including those studying at GCSE Foundation tier. Students build up a portfolio of 8 components and gather evidence for each of the skills.

ASDAN Personal Development Programme (PDP) These are awarded at a gold, silver and bronze standard that develop, record and certificate our learners’ qualities, abilities and achievements. Students complete 12 modules, with students compiling their evidence portfolios gaining 1-2 credits (each credit represents around 10 hours of activity). Six credits are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits for Silver and 18 credits for Gold. Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas: Ability to learn; Teamwork; Problem solving, IT skills; Literacy; and Numeracy. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them. At school we provide the choice in focus, for students opting to develop their PDP in one of the following areas: Animal Care, Hair and Beauty, Gardening, Construction or the Land-Based Sector. Opportunities to physically participate in such activities run within the school day.

The skills and content delivered within both the Entry Level Certifications reinforce key skills fundamental to grading within both the English and Maths GCSEs.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Topics
Studied for
Foundation
Pathway
ELC English
and Maths
English ELC: Reading Skills Students begin by exploring short texts, extracts, on older texts from the 20th and 21st century. These are non-fiction and will be linked to the GCSE English Literature texts studied in English. Topic Test 1: Response to twentieth /twenty-first century prose (20 marks)

Maths ELC: Properties of Number Students learn about place value within whole numbers and will undertake calculations using mental arithmetic and using a calculator. Students will understand the terms odd and even, and rounding will be introduced. External assignment: Component 1 

English ELC: Writing Skills Students explore key skills of structuring writing alongside developing the habits of planning and proof-reading produced pieces to ensure correct punctuation and vocabulary is applied. Topic Test 2: Editing and sequencing Topic Test 3: Narrative Writing

Maths ELC: The Four Operations Students develop their understanding and use of the four operations. This is non-calculator building to students’ mental arithmetic. External assignment: Component 2 

English ELC: Writing Skills Students develop their writing to entertain a reader, focusing on students’ accuracy in writing with vocabulary and spelling alongside the organisation of their ideas. Additional focus on basic punctuation is also a focus. Topic Test 3 Narrative Writing

Maths ELC: Ratio Building to the Autumn 2 work within GCSE Maths lessons, students reinforce their learning on ratio. External assignment: Component 3

English ELC: Reading/Speaking Skills Students develop their approaches to proof reading, notably with a focus on identifying and correcting inaccuracies in spelling, punctuation, and grammar within written work. Students also develop their communication through speech and conversation, with a focus on presenting an idea. Topic Test 4 Proofreading Component 3: Communication Presenting a point of view

Maths ELC: Money Students develop their real-life problem-solving and understanding of money External assignment: Component 4 

English ELC: An Accumulation of Skills Students complete a final speaking and listening activity set by the exam board which acts as a two-part mock interview. This is alongside the final exam which acts as a synoptic assessment of the skills learnt in the topic tests. Component 3: Communication The World of Work Component 1 – Exam End point for ELC English

Maths ELC: The Calendar and Time Students will learn how to read digital and analogue clocks, including using roman numerals and learn how to convert between 12 and 24-hour times External assignment: Component 5 

ASDAN PDP Module 4 Module 5 Maths ELC: Measures Students learn through practical activities about methods used to measure length, weight and capacity using standard and non-standard units. Students convert units of length, weight and capacity and learn how to read scales of measurement, comparing temperature including temperature with negative values. Revision and catch up External assignment: Component 6
Skills and
Key
Knowledge
Taught
English ELC

-Reading short extracts (linked to GCSE Literature texts)

-Identifying and interpreting ideas

-Skimming and scanning texts

-Deducing and inferring

Maths ELC

-Read and write number values

-Recognise place value in three-digit numbers

-Working in multiples

English ELC

-Sequencing events

-Writing creatively

-Spelling and use of vocabulary for effect

-Punctuate clearly

Maths ELC

-Multiplying and dividing two digit whole numbers

-Use and interpreting the four operations in real-life situations for solving problems

-Estimate answers

English ELC

-Writing creatively

-Spelling and use of vocabulary for effect

-Punctuate clearly

Maths ELC

-Working out unit fractions

-Working our ratios of numbers in thirds, quarters, fifths, and tenths

-Working out equivalent fractions

-Adding and subtracting fractions.

English ELC

-Identifying and correcting inaccuracies in spelling, punctuation, and grammar

-Expression of opinions

Maths ELC

-Understanding purchasing power of amounts of money

-Exchanging notes for equivalent in coins

-Interaction with adding money and giving change

-Carrying out investigations involving money

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

Maths ELC

-Solving problems using time

-Use of calendars and presentation of dates in different formats

-12 hour to 24-hour clock systems and conversions

-Adding units of time

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

Maths ELC

-Add lengths, capacities and weights

-Conversion of standard units of lengths, capacity and weight

-Measuring perimeter

-Reading values from scale

-Reading temperature (including negatives)

Links for
Support/
Help at
Home
Accessing additional learning support in school such as: Breakfast Club in the Library, lunch time Learning Centre support or after school homework support

Use of online platforms such as Youtube for Maths and English podcasts and revision of key content

Wider reading: revision guides or further research on selected tourist areas

Wider reading: blogs, articles or books! Read, read, read!

Discussion at home about progress and activities learnt

Frequent parent-teacher contact to ensure we as a team are supporting each child

Completing extra hours within ASDAN, working with Learning Centre staff

Encourage the participation in enrichment and revision workshops in English and Maths lessons

Year 11  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Topics
Studied
Foundation
Pathway
AQA ELC
English and
Maths
ASDAN PDP ASDAN: Module 5 ASDAN: Module 6 Maths ELC: Geometry Students learn about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and develop an understanding of the size of angles, including right angles. Students investigate reflective symmetry, nets of solids and use of coordinates. External assignment: Component 7 ASDAN PDP ASDAN: Module 6 ASDAN: Module 8 Maths ELC: Statistics Students learn how to conduct simple surveys and then analyse and communicate their results. Students also learn to sort information. External assignment: Component 8 End point for ELC Maths ASDAN PDP ASDAN: Module 7 ASDAN: Module 8 Additional hours available for mindfulness and ASDAN credits/hours. ASDAN PDP ASDAN: Module 7 Additional hours available for mindfulness and ASDAN credits/hours. ASDAN PDP ASDAN: Module 13 Additional hours available for mindfulness and ASDAN credits/hours. End point
Skills and
Key
Knowledge
Taught
ASDAN

-Completion of activities

Maths ELC

-Identifying and naming prisms, cylinders and cones/cubes and cuboids

-Drawing lines of symmetry

-Identifying horizontal, vertical and parallel lines

-Using directions or positions on maps

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

Maths ELC

-Construct and interpret charts and pictograms

-Solving one-step/two-step problems

-Compare two or more diagrams

-Completing frequency tables and lists of results

-Extract numerical information from lists, tables, diagrams and charts

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

ASDAN

-Completion of activities

Links for
Support/
Help at
Home
Accessing additional learning support in school such as: Breakfast Club in the Library, lunch time Learning Centre support or after school homework support

Use of online platforms such as Youtube for Maths and English podcasts and revision of key content

Wider reading: revision guides or further research on selected tourist areas

Wider reading: blogs, articles or books! Read, read, read!

Discussion at home about progress and activities learnt

Frequent parent-teacher contact to ensure we as a team are supporting each child

Completing extra hours within ASDAN, working with Learning Centre staff

Encourage the participation in enrichment and revision workshops in English and Maths lessons